Strong Enough! Cher Rekindles Hot Romance With Young Stripper Stud

Cher desperately wants to go out with a bang – literally! has exclusively learned the dying diva has been doing the horizontal tango with a much younger former stripper boyfriend.

Although a viral infection nearly put her six feet under last year, Cher has twice gotten passionate for all-night fun with 49-year-old former flame Mark Connolly, insiders dished.

"Cher may be 70, but every time I see Mark after an encounter with her, he needs a day or two to recover!" a snitch exclusively revealed to

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"Mark shows up beaten and bruised — and with bite marks all over his body!"

The randy Oscar-winning Moonstruck star first met Connolly back in the early 1990s — and the two began hooking up in February shortly after she launched her "Classic Cher" concert residency at the Park Theater in Las Vegas.

As has reported, the superstar entertainer has struggled with numerous medical issues over the years, including the crippling Epstein-Barr virus, which she contracted in the late 1980s.

She suffered the near fatal viral attack that landed her in the intensive care unit in November — two months after she tweeted to fans, "This virus is a killer!"

More recently, Cher confessed she's been battling what she called a "rotten flu," which forced her to cancel her Feb. 18 and 19 Vegas shows.

While one longtime associate thinks Cher "may have bitten off more than she can chew" with her Vegas show, the "I Got You Babe" singer seems bent on chewing up and spitting out her hot, young lover.

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"I'm told Cher still has a great body and Mark doesn't even need a Viagra to get inspired!" the snitch told

Cradle-robbing Cher was 45 years old when she started a passionate, two-year fling with Connolly, then a 24-year-old stripper and former $200-a-week auto transmission repairman.

In an exclusive 1993 interview, Connolly explained how he licked whipped cream and strawberries from her body after the wildcat singer stripped for him in a seedy X-rated motel room.

"It was the last time Cher and I made love — and the wildest," the baby-faced Connolly gushed as he described the booty call.

After performing a salacious striptease act for Connolly, Cher straddled him and put the whipped cream to work.

"Cher's the best lover I ever had," said Mark, who was unavailable for comment about his latest fling with the megastar. "She gave me a night I'll never forget if I live to be 100!"

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